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FIFA World Soccer - Dangerous Scams and Malware attacks

Malware writers use popular news stories or sporting events to lure unsuspecting users.  Please avoid potential harmful email messages or websites related to the World Soccer championship games.   As noted in the warning by AVERT, just visiting some site may expose users to zero day attacks.

Scammers Go Phishing for World Cup Soccer Fans
http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/index.php/2010/06/15/scammers-going-phishing-for-world-cup-fans/

QUOTE: If you do receive one of these lottery scams in your inbox, always be very careful. Don’t assume that you are smarter than the spammer. Don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. Don’t believe that visiting the site just to see what it looks like–with no intention of giving away any information–won’t leave you open to attack. In some cases these phishing sites are just a facade for pages that are also looking to exploit new zero-day vulnerabilities. The best advice in these situations is to follow safe computing practices and delete these emails immediately.

Some of the subject lines that we have seen associated with this scam include:

•***south africa 2010 fifa world cup lottery promotions***
•,,,sa 2010 world cup lotto drew;;;;;;;
•claim your fifa world cup football award/ticket
•congratulation! you have won us$1,220,000.00 for soccer world cup 2010 promotional draw
•congratulation!!! for 2010 world cup promotion
•fifa 2010 world cup lottery department
•fifa-mtn world cup team official prize notification
•final notification for south africa fifa 2010 world cup lottery
•south africa 2010 world cup award notification!!!
•south african 2010 fifa world cup lottery award
•south african 2010 world cup bid lottery award
•south african world cup 2010 free lottery draw
•winner – fifa world cup online draw
•world cup bid lottery award
•you have won south africa 2010 world cup lottery
•you have won south africa 2010 world cup lottery computer promotional draw
•your email just won 2010 world cup in south africa & fifa promotion

Comments

Jim Vernon said:

Subject Line:

Congratulation (Your E-mail has won you $430,000.00)‏‏

Email Body:

FIFA - MTN Promotions South Africa 2010

World Cup Promotion Redemption Center      

Block 2, Suite 4A, Soccer City Stadium Complex

Johannesburg - South Africa

E-Mail:  mtnfifadraw@yahoo.com

REFERENCE NUMBER: FIFA-MTN-SA-2010989JHB,

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Four Hundred and Thirty Thousand US Dollars ($430,000.00) for the 2010 International E-mail Draw which is Organized by MTN Telecommunication Company in collaboration with FIFA in promotion first ever FIFA World cup in Africa (South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup). MTN-FIFA collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Rediffmail, Aol, Walla, Gmail, American Mail, Russian Mail, Indian Mail, Arabic Mail, Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Ten people are selected by the organizers to benefit from this

promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. MTN-FIFA Award must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below is your identification number:

REFERENCE NUMBER: FIFA-MTN-SA-2010989JHB

This numbers fall within the Johannesburg (South Africa) Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in Johannesburg Dr. Zuma Khosa, with the details below and send your winning identification numbers to him by E-Mail; fifamtn2010@aim.com

Agent Name:  Dr. Zuma Khosa

E-Mail: mtnfifadraw@yahoo.com

Please, Kindly provide to him with the following information for Verification of your Prize;

  Full name....................................

  Address........................................

  Age..............................................

  Sex..............................................

  Nationality....................................

  Home Telephone Number............

  Mobile Telephone Number...........

  E-mail address..............................

  Marital Status...............................

  Occupation...................................

  Work place...................................

He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.

Congratulations!! Once again.

Yours in service,

Dr. Amos Kumalo

[FIFA-MTN SA 2010]

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# June 29, 2010 12:17 AM

Harry Waldron said:

Jim - Thanks for kindly sharing a sample .. and it illustrates the danger that's out there for folks, although most users know better than to answer these.

# July 7, 2010 10:08 PM